“Above the Trend Line” – Your Industry Rumor Central for 2/29/2016

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Above the Trend Line: machine learning industry rumor central, is a new recurring feature of insideBIGDATA. In this column, we present a variety of short news items such as people movements, funding news, rumors and general scuttlebutt floating around the big data, data science and machine learning industries including behind-the-scenes anecdotes and curious buzz. Our intent is to provide our readers a one-stop source of late-breaking news to help keep you abreast of this fast-paced ecosystem. We’re working hard on your behalf with our extensive vendor network to give you all the latest happenings. Heard of something yourself? Tell us! Just e-mail me at: daniel@insidehbigdata.com.  Be sure to Tweet Above the Trend Line articles using the hashtag: #abovethetrendline.

ThoughtSpot, the search-driven analytics company, revealed it has exceeded growth targets for 2015 with more than 810 percent year-over-year increase in sales. It also secured its first $1M customer, and doubled ThoughtSpot’s average deal size across all verticals … ClearMetal, a predictive logistics company, announced it has closed a $3 million seed financing round from leading global investors— NEA, Skyview, and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors. Taking a groundbreaking approach to solving a multi-billion dollar shipping logistics problem, ClearMetal will use the investment to bring predictive intelligence to container shipping … It pays to be lurking in the hallways, just heard that MapR Technologies Inc., provider of the converged data platform for big data technology, has expanded its senior leadership team with new appointments and responsibilities. Working closely with MapR Founder and CEO John Schroeder and President and COO Matt Mills, these new leaders will help accelerate growth even further–supporting scale and adding greater impetus to the business’ marketing, sales and business development efforts. As incoming Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and member of the executive team, David Cross will apply his 25 years of experience working with global brands such as Coca-Cola, P&G, and more recently, Ventiv Technology. Geneva Lake will take on the role of VP of Worldwide Business Development, joining MapR from Oracle where she led the North America big data and analytics alliances organization … And on the open source rumor mill we have Yahoo moving to open source its deep learning framework, CaffeOnSpark. This Hadoop-based, scalable framework will enable engineers to apply deep learning algorithms to their data, images, and text. CaffeOnSpark has been in use by Yahoo for image search, content classification, and other uses cases, and we’re excited to release this complementary framework on GitHub to help advance the fields of deep learning and artificial intelligence … Cloudera, provider of a data management and analytics platform built on Apache Hadoop and the latest open source technologies, revealed it will support President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) by providing training and software, and will collaborate with academic and government research institutions doing non-commercial work on the use of data and analytics for healthcare … Snowflake Computing, the cloud data warehousing company, announced a technology and go-to-market partnership with Looker, the business intelligence platform for data-driven companies, to leverage the cloud and bring powerful, self-service analytic insights at any scale to customers without the complexity and inflexibility of conventional solutions. Building on the native integration between Looker’s business intelligence platform and the Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse™, this partnership will further extend the ability of Looker users to take advantage of unique Snowflake capabilities, provide easy deployment of Snowflake with Looker and accelerate market adoption … Attunity Ltd. (NASDAQ CM: ATTU), a leading provider of Big Data management software solutions, announced the availability of Attunity Compose, an innovative and automated data warehouse solution designed to accelerate time to Big Data analytics. Attunity Compose offers a model-based, agile approach designed to support the end-to-end lifecycle of creating, populating and maintaining a data warehouse for analytics … Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), unveiled the next generation Hitachi Hyper Scale-Out Platform (HSP), which now offers native integration with the Pentaho Enterprise Platform to deliver a sophisticated, software-defined, hyper-converged platform for big data deployments. Combining compute, storage and virtualization capabilities, the HSP 400 series delivers seamless infrastructure to support big data blending, embedded business analytics and simplified data management.


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